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Faculty of Humanities and Education

School of Education


Language and Literacy Education

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About the Programme

A wonderful space for collaborative group work and discussion!
  • Read courses in language and literacy research, policy, and practice that best match your interests and career goals.
  • Make connections across the School of Education community that will broaden your understanding of education and strengthen your professional network.
    • Fieldwork – where you will hone your practice and work with individual students with literacy challenges.
    • Workshops/Professional Development Experience – Students in the Language and Literacy cohort form a collaborative and supportive learning community. Learning is formal and informal. Expect to learn from and engage with diverse experiences and perspectives as well as from the formal curriculum.
    • Language Arts Leadership and Literacy Coaching – In addition to exposure in adult and professional development, students have the opportunity to observe literacy coaches or teacher educators working in local schools.

What Will I Study?

You will learn:

  • How to use research-based practices to positively impact the lives of learners of all ages
  • A comprehensive approach to literacy from the combined perspectives of research, policy and practice
  • How to conduct an appropriate and accurate literacy assessment in schools
  • How to develop a literacy intervention plan that engages learners in their own success
  • To develop knowledge and skills to provide teachers with professional development and literacy training as a school-based literacy coach or a teacher educator


Our research faculty combines their years of professional experience with influential, effective teaching and mentoring straegies, and conducts scholary research in areas including: 
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Literacy Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching Literature
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Curriculum and Instruction in English

Career Opportunities

A master's degree in Language and Literacy Education is the ideal preparation for a rewarding education career that makes a positive impact in both the lives of students and the systems that serve them.

Language and Literacy alumni assume literacy leadership roles as:
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms teachers/educators
  • Teacher educators in Teacher Training Colleges
  • Consultants with education non-profit organisations
  • Curriculum Officers and Education Officers in Ministries of Education
  • Heads of Departments
  • Education Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists
  • Communication Specialists and much more...

Why Study in Barbados

  • Experience a brand-new country and another part of the world with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities.​
  • Experience different styles of education and allow yourself the chance to see a side of your major/specialisation that you may not have been exposed to at home. Immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture.

We welcome local, international and regional students.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MEd
  • Duration: 1 year : Full-Time ; 2 years : Part-Time


Programme Details

Core Courses

  • EDLS 6401: Language and Literacy Development and Instruction
  • EDLS 6402: Literacy Assessment and Intervention
  • EDLS 6403: Critical Issues in Language and Literacy Education
  • LING 6102: First and Second Language Acquisition

  • EDLS 6407: Children and Adolescent Literature
  • EDLS 6408: Literacy Coaching for the Language Arts and Literacy Leader
  • EDSE 6010: Transactive Curriculum in Inclusive Classrooms Planning and Practice
  • EDLS 6503: The Literacy Curriculum
  • EDCU 6004: Curriculum Design for Caribbean Settings Part 1
  • EDCU 6005: Leading Innovation in Curriculum and Instruction in the Caribbean
  • EDLS 6505: Literacy Materials Design

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Tuition remission may be available for Barbadian students. Several scholarships and financial aid are available for non-Barbadian students.  

Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Tuition Costs »

Admission to the Master of Education programme will normally require:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree of at least Lower Second Class Honours and the Diploma in Education of The University of the West Indies or any other diploma or certificate in Education acceptable to the School of Education;
  2. A Bachelor’s degree with courses in Education acceptable to the School of Education; 
  3. A Bachelor’s degree and a Teacher’s College Certificate that are both acceptable to the School of Education;
  4. The Bachelor of Education Degree of the UWI or 
  5. Any qualification deemed to be equivalent by the appropriate committee of the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

If you have questions about the Master of Education with specialisation in Languade and Literacy Education, please e-mail Dr Sandra Robinson ( or call 246-417-4437.

For general queries about our Master of Education programmes, please e-mail